The World Series will likely be Lorde-free

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It’s not just the radio stations playing silly radio station games. Major League Baseball and Royals are not flying Lorde in from New Zealand or wherever she is now to sing her little ditty. From the L.A. Times:

. . . when the Royals provided Major League Baseball with their list of proposed World Series entertainers, Lorde was not among them, said Kevin Uhlich, the Royals’ senior vice president of business operations . . . An MLB spokesman said Monday the league had “no plans at the moment for Lorde to be here at any point.”

I feel like having no plans for Lorde to be at any given place at any given point is the default status for most of us. Maybe let us know if there are such plans, ya know?

Whatever. Everyone quoted in the article is right to note that, apart from the title of the song and the backstory of how she wrote the song, it has absolutely nothing to do with baseball or even with broad themes and emotions even marginally applicable to baseball.

I actually saw Lorde in concert last month and she was surprisingly good, but I feel like baseball and it’s interests would be better served with some pop act that lends itself to a bit more fist-pumping and mup-lighting.

Report: Pirates sign Felipe Rivero to four-year contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Pirates will sign reliever Felipe Rivero to a four-year contract extension that includes two club options. The total value of the deal is believed to be $22 million and each club option is worth $10 million.

Rivero, 26, did not come to an agreement with the Pirates to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility ahead of last Friday’s deadline. He requested a $2.9 million salary for the 2018 season while the Pirates countered at $2.4 million. This extension will cover all four years of Rivero’s arbitration eligibility and the two club options can cover his first two years of free agency as well.

Rivero was one of baseball’s best relievers last season, finishing with 21 saves, a 1.67 ERA, and an 88/20 K/BB ratio in 75 1/3 innings. The Pirates acquired him from the Nationals along with minor leaguer Taylor Hearn ahead of the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline in the Mark Melancon deal.

Presumably, Rivero’s extension was in the works before he knew anything about the Andrew McCutchen trade. He made a couple of tweets following this afternoon’s news. In one, he used only the “facepalm” emoji. The other was a .gif of The Office character Jim Halpert yelling, “What is going on?”